Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis pledged to create 200,000 new jobs in the country, speaking at a European People’s Party (EPP) event in Athens on Friday, which was also attended by the European political grouping’s president and EPP European Parliament group leader Manfred Weber.
Mitsotakis was also joined at the event, co-hosted by his ruling New Democracy (ND) party and entitled “The Path to Recovery,” by visiting Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.
In his address, Mitsotakis said the figure is the reason why the government named the national initiatives and programs funded by the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility as “Greece 2.0”.
He said the program follows the successful NextGenerationEU, which was hatched during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The goal was for weaker countries to receive greater support, but based on a very detailed plan that member-states had to submit, which had to align with the Union’s overall priorities regarding green and digital transformation, social cohesion and competitiveness,” he added.
On his part, Weber said the EPP and ND, which is a member of the center-right grouping, stand united in strength. He praised the current Greek government for reducing joblessness and boosting investments in the country.
“Kyriakos, Greece has achieved a real economic miracle under your leadership,” was Weber’s compliment.